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Speaker Paul Ryan leans over as Kevin McCarthy speaks in his ear. Photo: Gabriella Demczuk/Getty Images

House Speaker Paul Ryan told NBC's Chuck Todd that Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy should replace him, either as Leader or Speaker, when he retires.

Why it matters: House Republicans are in an exceptionally tough spot for the midterms, and Ryan's decision to not run for reelection only added to concerns that Democrats have a shot at becoming the majority. But by having a clear replacement in place, like McCarthy who is known and trusted within the GOP, Republicans have someone they can rally behind as Nov. 6 edges closer.

"We all think that Kevin is the right person."
— Paul Ryan

Yes, but: Ryan said he doesn't want to have a vote to replace him now, adding that he thinks the party needs to focus on their agenda and holding on to the majority, and anything apart from that "would be needless distraction."

View from the White House: As Axios' Jonathan Swan and Mike Allen have reported, President Trump loves McCarthy, and consults him frequently for advice.

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A resident stands on his roof as the Blue Ridge Fire burned back in October in Chino Hills, Calif. Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP

Apocalyptic weather is the new normal because humans are "waging war on nature," the UN declared on Wednesday.

What they're saying: "The state of the planet is broken," said UN Secretary-General António Guterres, reports AP. “This is suicidal.”

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Health: Nursing homes are still getting pummeledU.S. could hit herd immunity by end of summer 2021 if Americans embrace virus vaccines, Fauci says.
  2. Politics: Pelosi, Schumer call on McConnell to adopt bipartisan $900B stimulus framework.
  3. World: U.K. clears Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for mass rollout — Putin says Russia will begin large-scale vaccination next week.
  4. Business: Investors are finally starting to take their money out of safe-haven Treasuries.
  5. Sports: The end of COVID’s grip on sports may be in sight.

Pelosi, Schumer call on McConnell to adopt bipartisan $900B stimulus framework

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Nov. 20. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to use a $908 billion bipartisan coronavirus relief framework as a basis for jumpstarting negotiations.

Why it matters: The framework, introduced by a group of bipartisan senators on Tuesday, calls for significantly less funding than Pelosi had previously demanded — a sign that Democrats are ready to further compromise as millions of Americans endure economic hardship.